Clive Cussler

Author and explorer

Cover detail from the Penguin edition of Crescent Dawn

 ?? Clive Cussler

Clive Cussler is an international bestselling adventure novelist and underwater explorer. After serving in the United States Air Force during the Korean War, Cussler went to work in the advertising industry as a copywriter. After a succesful career writing commercials, he then began writing adventure fiction in 1965.

His most famous creation is marine engineer, government agent and adventurer Dirk Pitt. The Dirk Pitt novels frequently take on an alternative history perspective, with military plots and settings.

Cussler also writes the Oregon Files series about a special US Government-sponsored ship called the Oregon, the NUMA Files about an underwater exploration team, the Fargo Adventures about professional treasure hunters, and the Isaac Bell detective series. 

Clive Cussler is the founder of the National Underwater and Marine Agency (NUMA), a not-for-profit organization with the same name as the fictional government agency in his books. Through his exploration projects Cussler and his NUMA volunteers have found over 60 shipwrecks of historic significance.

Cussler is married, with three children and lives between his homes in Colorado and Arizona.

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Final Option
Penguin Publishing Group (2019)

In Final Option , Juan Cabrillo fights the worst enemy from his past to the terrifying and...

The Kingdom
Penguin Publishing Group (2011)

Husband-and-wife team Sam and Remi Fargo must use their instinct for treasure-hunting to find a...

Golden Buddha
Penguin Publishing Group (2003)

In the first novel in the #1 New York Times bestselling Oregon Files series, Chairman Juan...

Raise the Titanic!
Penguin Publishing Group (2004)

On orders from the Pentagon, marine explorer Dirk Pitt must salvage crucial material from the...

The Jungle
Penguin Publishing Group (2011)

Juan Cabrillo and the Oregon crew  are hired to save a wealthy Indonesian businessman's...

Poseidon's Arrow
Penguin Publishing Group (2012)

In this adventure in the #1 New York Times bestselling series, oceanographer Dirk Pitt is back to...

Flood Tide
Little, Brown Book Group (2017)

A SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER 'Cussler is hard to beat' Daily Mail The fourteenth incredible...

The Silent Sea
Penguin Publishing Group (2010)

Juan Cabrillo and the Oregon  crew's search for missing NASA technology leads to a...

The Oracle
Penguin Publishing Group (2019)

The husband-and-wife treasure-hunting team of Sam and Remi Fargo return in a new adventure as they...

Penguin Publishing Group (2020)

It is up to Juan Cabrillo and the crew of his ship, the Oregon , to stop a terrorist plot to...